Many employers have an internal promotion policy that allows current employees to apply for open positions before outsiders are considered. Getting the promotion is all about selling your skills and abilities to your employer. The cover letter is a tool you can use to accomplish this task. Word your cover letter in such a way that it leaves no room for guessing about how much you can bring to the table if awarded the position. Writing a cover letter for an internal promotion is quite similar to writing one as an outside applicant. Limit the cover letter to one page.
State your reason for writing the cover letter, including the fact that you heard about the job vacancy through an internal posting. Mentioning how you heard about the job opening lets the employer know that you are already an employee. This is especially helpful if you work for a larger employer.
Mention the department you currently work in, along with the length of time you have been working in that department. To show progress, mention the position you held as a new hire and the short time-frame it took for you to move up to your current position.
State a few of your qualifications. If you hold any special certifications, mention them. If you have participated in specialized company training, mention the training and how it has prepared you for the promotion.
List some of your accomplishments while working for the company. If company productivity has increased as a result of your efforts, state this fact. Include statistics to back up your claims. Such statistics show the employer that you are an asset to the company. When listing your accomplishments, use bullet-point formatting instead of using a comma sequence. Using bullets will make your accomplishments stand out visually.
Ask for an interview at a mutually convenient time. List your contact number and your current shift hours. Your shift hours tell the employer the best times to interview you.
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Application for internal job positions
Just because you are an internal candidate for a new job in your company doesn't mean you're a shoo-in.
Working within a large organization provides many advantages. One of the pros is that internal job opportunities arise from time to time, so employees don't even have to leave the building to advance their careers.
But it's easy to trip up when applying for an internal job. Why? One of the main problems is that many employees approach internal job offerings too casually. It's important to remember that similar rules and standards are in place when applying for any job, whether inside or outside a company.
Applying from within doesn't always necessarily give you an "in." The bottom line is you're trying to get a new job, and you need to use every professional tactic you can to get it. Follow these tips to help you get in from the inside.
Don't apply for every available position
You'll never be taken seriously if you apply each time a position opens. Clarify your reasons for applying for a specific job. If the opportunity is in a department in which you wish your career to grow, or if the position will allow you to expand your knowledge in a particular area, make it known.
Update your resume
Many internal candidates don't update their resumes, assuming that it's all in the family and the new internal position is merely an extension of their current one. Make sure your resume includes all the achievements you've earned since joining the organization.
Write a customized cover letter
What if you've done work for the manager who needs a new assistant, and he already knows you're terrific? There are still things the manager doesn't know about you. A cover letter should begin, "I appreciate the opportunity to apply for the XYZ position. Let me tell you why I am a good fit for the job."
Sound a bit formal? That's the idea. No matter how often you've talked to the person you're applying to, or how well he may know you, you want to use the application process as an opportunity to show how professional you are. It's quite possible the new potential boss only sees you as Sally, and not as Sally the super assistant, because he doesn't know about your specialized training, the education you're currently pursuing or your past work experience. When writing a cover letter for an internal position, be sure to expand on what makes you such a natural fit for the position: You're already familiar with the company's culture, there would be less onboarding time needed for things like orientation and paperwork, you would adhere to the same high standards that are currently expected of you, you would welcome the opportunity to build upon your success and continue your career at the company, et cetera. At the same time, you want to highlight the skills that would make you a valuable addition to that person's team—just as you would in a resume for an outside company.
Let your current boss know you're applying for the job
While you may not want your current boss to know you're seeking a new opportunity in the company, he will find out quickly if you become a candidate. Bosses don't like to be in the dark about what their employees are up to, so don't keep them there. Be honest about your reasons for applying for another position, and see if he would be willing to put in a good word for you.
Construct an internal support system
If you don't know the manager you're hoping to work for, get other people you know in common to promote you.
Write a thank-you letter after the interview
Remember it's still a job interview, and all the regular courtesies apply, including sending an interview thank-you letter.
Didn't get the job?
Now is a good time to find out why. Try to get some feedback from HR. Turn the rejection into an opportunity by getting whatever skills you need so that the next time you apply for a similar job, you'll be the winning candidate.
In the meantime, you should look for jobs outside of your current company. you can start by joining Monster today. As a member, you can get upload your resume, so recruiters, searching our database every day, can find good job candidates just like you.